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National Board Awareness
 
Course Description
    

The National Board Awareness course has been designed to acquaint teachers with the National Board for Professional Teacher Candidacy process and expectations. This course is comprised of seven one-week sessions. Topics addressed during the course include: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards mission and history; the impact that National Board certified teachers have upon classroom instruction; National Board teacher certification requirements and policies; the requirements of the Take One! candidacy program; portfolio components specific to certificate areas; standards for certification; portfolio entry descriptions; portfolio scoring criteria; assessment center activites; the application of descriptive, analytical and reflective writing; and support programs and/or incentive programs as well as financial support. 

*Course particpants must be employed classroom teachers in West Virginia.

 
Course Syllabus
    

National Board Awareness

Catalog Description

The National Board Awareness course has been designed to acquaint teachers with the National Board for Professional Teacher Candidacy process and expectations. This course is comprised of seven one-week sessions. Topics addressed during the course include: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards mission and history; the impact that National Board certified teachers have upon classroom instruction; National Board teacher certification requirements and policies; the requirements of the Take One! candidacy program; portfolio components specific to certificate areas; standards for certification; portfolio entry descriptions; portfolio scoring criteria; assessment center activites; the application of descriptive, analytical and reflective writing; and support programs and/or incentive programs as well as financial support.  The course consists of six sessions plus an Orientation.  

Prerequisites

This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists and administrators.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers.  Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience.  Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating through computer files.  Access to Microsoft Office is recommended.  Participants who do not have access to Microsoft Office should download Open Office documents (a free download from Microsoft) to enable them to read and send word documents throughout this course. 

Goals

This course will enable participants to:

  • Become aware of the mission, history, and impact that the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards initiative has upon classroom instruction.
  • Locate the available NBPTS Certificatesand identify a certificate appropriate to their teaching assignment.
  • Assess their readiness to become a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards candidate.
  • Locate and review guidelines for National Board certification.
  • Understand the requirements of the Take One! National Board candidacy program.
  • Review the National Board eligibility requirements and policies.
  • Explore National Board portfolio components specific to selected certificates.
  • Determine the portfolio items to be assessed for their selected certificate.
  • Learn preparation requirements for the assessment center activities.
  • Understand and apply scoring criteria towards portfolio entries and assessment center activities.
  • Review special characteristics of descriptive, analytic and reflective writing.
  • Complete a descriptive-analytic-reflective writing activity.
  • Identify National Board candidate support programs.
  • Identify West Virginia National Board county contacts, support programs and incentives.
  • Identify WVDE/RESA National Board support programs.
  • Identify National Board financial support possibilities.   
  • Review the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ Five Core Propositions.
  • Gather course resources specific to the National Board Teacher Certification process.
  • Explore classroom instruction videotaping opportunities.

Assessment and Course Requirements

These are suggested criteria to be used for evaluating successful participation in and completion of this workshop.

1. Discussion Board Postings: Participants are expected to respond to the online discussion prompt in each of the course sessions with an original posting. Participants are also expected to respond to the postings of at least two other course participants in each session.  The following Discussion Guidelines and Discussion Criteria Checklist will be used for evaluating successful participation in the online discussions.  

2. Readings and Activities: Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory.
3. Course Project: Participants will complete KWHLS charts session-by-session, beginning with Session Two. KWHLS charts will be posted to the discussion forum during weekly sessions.  
4. Pre and Post Workshop Surveys: Participants are expected to complete both surveys. The final workshop survey must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on the last day of our course. 

Course Products

Participants will complete KWHLS charts session-by-session, beginning with Session Two. KWHLS charts will be posted to the discussion forum during weekly sessions.

Discussion Participation

Participants are expected to respond to the online discussion prompt in each of the course sessions with an original posting. Participants are also expected to respond to the postings of at least two other course participants in each session.  The following Discussion Guidelines and Discussion Criteria Checklist will be used for evaluating successful participation in the online discussions.

Sessions Overview:

Session One:  What is NBPTS?

This session will focus on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) mission and history.  Participants will complete several readings that further explain the National Board program and address the impact that National Board certified teachers have upon classroom instruction.  As part of this session, participants will complete a pre-disposition survey and learn about available certificates. 

Session Two:  Pathways to National Certification

This session will focus on the National Board teacher certification requirements and policies, the requirements of the Take One! candidacy program and portfolio components specific to certificate areas.  You will also learn more about the Five Core Propositions, standards for your certificate, portfolio timelines (3-month, 9-month, 15-month), portfolio entry descriptions and the portfolio scoring guide. 

Session Three:  The NBPTS Assessment Process

The focus of this session will be the scoring criteria for the National Board portfolio items as well as the National Board assessment center activities.

Session Four:   NBPTS Writing Process

The focus  of this session is your application of descriptive, analytic and reflective writing when responding to your portfolio entries.  You will engage in a practice writing activity during this session.

Session Five:   What Support is Available to National Board Candidates?

This session will focus on support programs for National Board candidates.  You will review information regarding candidate support and/or incentive programs as well as financial support available through the West Virginia legislation.  The support for candidates banking scores or renewing their certificate will be included in this session.

Session Six:  What Are Some Things I Can Do to Prepare for National Board Certification? 

The focus of this session will be the review of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' Five Core Propositions, the gathering of resources specific to the National Board Teacher Certification process and the exploration of classroom videotaping opportunities.  This final course session will result in the submission of the final course project.